The Crossing: An Immersive Screening

On Thursday 31st January at BACKLIT Art Gallery, please join The Rights Lab and the Antislavery Usable Past for an immersive and interactive screening of Dr. Shreepali Patel’s The Crossing, complete with bluetooth headphones.

The Crossing explores the story of a young girl who is manipulated through the “lover-boy technique”, and is subsequently trafficked for sex across Europe. Dr. Patel’s aim was to begin the film with the “concept of ‘hope’ and its gradual unfurling reality into an exploitation of trust to perpetuate a $150 billion world trade in her 21 million people, a third of which are children.” Through Dr. Patel’s extensive work with survivors, one described the experience as though the “body [was] separated from the soul.”

After the screening of the film (15 minutes), there will be a discussion with a panel of experts from the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, home to the world’s leading modern slavery experts. 

The event will be held at BACKLIT Art Gallery, housed in a building owned by nineteenth-century abolitionist Samuel Morley. The event is free, but please register- 

This event is sponsored by The Rights Lab and the AHRC-Funded Antislavery Usable Past Grant. Based at the University of Nottingham, the RL is the world’s largest and leading group of modern slavery researchers.